Lisa Bowden

Lisa Bowden, Publisher and Co-Founder, is the editor of Autumnal: A Collection of Elegies, co-editor of Powder: Writing by Women in Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq, and co-adapter and director of Coming in Hot (a play based on Powder). She has developed Kore’s long list of authors and award winning programming as a literary activist, artist, and feminist culture worker. She is a recipient of the Maryann Campau Fellowship for poetry from the University of Arizona Poetry Center and a Woman on the Move Award from the YWCA. A poet who works with an improvisational ensemble of dancers, writers, and musicians called Movement Salon, Lisa has studied English and Philosophy at the University of Arizona and in London. She lives in Tucson with her partner Eve and daughter Djuna. Her poetry can be found at,, and

Ann Dernier

Ann Dernier, Managing Editor, has served Kore Press in a significant editorial capacity since 2004. She is the editor of The Best of Kore Press, 2012 Poetry. She was director of the Tucson Writers’ Project at the Tucson Public Library and a juried artist on the Arizona Commission on the Arts Teaching Artist Roster. She received a B.A. from the University of Arizona and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her collection, In The Fury (Grey Book Press, 2015), was a finalist for the 2013 Robert Dana Anhinga Prize for Poetry and a semi-finalist for the 2013 Crab Orchard Series for Poetry First Book Award.

Annie Guthrie


Annie Guthrie, Marketing and Publicity Director, is the author of The Good Dark, Tupelo Press, 2015. She teaches and holds apprenticeships in Oracular Writing. 

Jussara Esprit

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Jussara Esprit, Marketing & Publishing Assistant, is completing her senior year in The Honor’s College at The University of Arizona, where she is majoring in English Literature. Upon her graduation, she plans to pursue a career in book publishing. After finding her voice in writing and passion for reading, she is now excited to work with Kore Press to empower other women through literature. In her free time she loves to work on various art pieces, always with as much glitter and color as possible. Although her family and friends disagree, she is a comedian.

Laura Bargfeld

Laura Bargfeld, intern, was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She is currently an Honors Student at the University of Arizona where she is majoring in Creative Nonfiction and minoring in Film and Television. Her loves include books, live theatre, art film, floral patterns, dogs, and Tucson’s rare days of crisp, perfect weather. She can most often be observed in her native habitat of DIY music venues and film screenings. She is an aspiring essayist who hopes to one day pursue an MFA and continue to explore publishing and literary activism. Kore Press inspires her with its dedication to issues of feminism and intersectionality.

Sahar Mitchell


Sahar Mitchell grew up on the East Coast but has made the Southwest her home for the past 17 years. She is one of few graduates of both Wellesley College and the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. Sahar is the Managing Director of the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts and can be seen engaging in shenanigans with the Strange Family Circus. Saharhas won several poetry slams in Phoenix, AZ with her dynamic writing and performance style and has recently turned her focus to writing short stories and creative nonfiction. Sahar’s work has appeared in the literary and art magazineSandScript where she won First Place in the prose competition for the 2016 publication.